An excerpt from Thomas Merton’s beautiful poem, ‘Song: If you Seek…’: Follow my ways and I will lead you To golden-haired suns, Logos and music, blameless joys, Innocent of questions And beyond answers: For I, Solitude, am thine own self: I, Nothingness, am thy All. I, Silence, am thy Amen!
As the musician and activist Kathy Mattea once sagely observed: ‘That’s the great paradox of living on this earth, that in the midst of great pain you can have great joy as well’. Nowhere have I observed this paradox played out with such thought-provoking beauty and profundity than in the experimental non-narrative documentary by Ron … More Paradox And Interconnectedness: Seeing The World Through New Eyes
Dear Friends, The next Merton Fellowship day retreat will be held on Saturday 9th March 2013 at University Road Moravian Church, Belfast (http://www.moravian.org.uk/pages/congregations/belfast_uni.html) The topic of the retreat is ‘Practicing Lectio Divina & Contemplative Prayer’; it will begin at 10am and finish at 4pm, with refreshments provided (please bring a packed lunch). As with all … More The First Retreat Of 2013!
I’ve started a new website for a new organisation – The Merton Fellowship for Peace and Contemplative Living in Ireland. The fellowship is an informal network of individuals interested in living a life of peace and contemplation based on the example and writings of Thomas Merton, the Cistercian monk and spiritual writer. The fellowship, which … More New Merton Fellowship to be Launched in Ireland…
The next Merton Day Retreat will be held at Corrymeela Knocklayd on Saturday 11th June from 10am-4pm. The retreat is open to all and will include watching (and discussing) the film entitled Merton: A Film Biography (by Paul Wilkes and Audrey Glynn). There will also be some prayer/meditation time, silent time, walking and a period of discussion … More Forthcoming Merton Day Retreat